At the end of my last post I said I'd describe the polishing phase in another post.
The polishing phase of your painting should be focused on resolving two questions:
- How will the viewer to respond to the subject?
- Where do I want the viewer's eyes to go?
The first question should be already answered in part, because once you've decided your light and color scheme you've already set some of the emotional content of your picture. However, you can do things at this point to "plus" the emotions or ideas in your image. Here's what he looked like in the last post:
So as I was saying, my process seems chaotic from here on, but it's not; because I'm using that heat map to help me prioritize my work and to dictate the highest points of contrast in the image. The hottest area on my heat map is the face and the eyes, so that's where I start putting in detail. I also darken the top of the head to create a frame and lower contrast around the eyes. This will help them stand out even though they're in shadow.